Concert Review of the Moment: Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Monte Carlo, Monaco - August 7, 2014
2014-07-10, Live At The Marquee, Cork, Ireland
Photo by John Mauchline
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The Concert Review of the Moment is from Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Monte Carlo, Monaco on August 7, 2014 by piertho:
Neil Young & Crazy Horse in the land of superficiality and appearance would have been considered kind of anachronistic... Staff of the Sporting Club and especially valet parking people were quite a little surprized to see old fans and normal people with low profile cars like my Renault Clio 2006 model crowding toward the "Salle des Etoiles" together with jet-setters in Lamborghini and yuppies on vacation.Thanks piertho! We had figured this concert might be on the bizarre side. How did you do at the craps table??? ;)
Indeed just 900 people could get inside this small place, so everybody has to stand, and monitoring the ability to see Neil and the band was easy. I was so lucky, he was just 5 meters in front of me during a little bit more than 2 Hours. Also very bizarre but well received by many was the very cheap price (80 Euros) for one of the most expensive spot in the world.
Sound was excellent although a little bit cruder than, for example, in Cork where balance reached perfection. High volume, probably 110-115 db at his max, how can he manage that volume ? No earplugs for Neil and Poncho and Rick and Ralph. Awesome versions of Barstool Blues, Light of Love and Rockin in the Free Word. Old Black sounded like it should : a bomber jet in the thunderstorm with such a devastating feedback. Male yuppies and jet-setters were stunned, less more arrogant than an hour ago. Acoustic set : I saw a lady beside me crying. My friend Pierre blocked his mobile phone to send Heart of Gold to his girlfriend Astrid who has to stay home.
Neil was a little bit reserved at the beginning because indeed he understood that a number of people there were not here for grunge/garage/heavy sounds. After a bare 20 minutes, yuppies and jet-setters realized that he would not change a single note of what he had decided to do. And one more miracle happened : giant thrills emerged from the whole audience, young, old, rich, poor, beautiful people, ugly people, lawyers, doctors, middle-class workers, social slaves… At the end, Neil, very talkative, congratulated all the Monaco girls for their beauty with a large smile !
Local newspaper the morning after stated that although most of the people there probably could not get most of the messages Neil send, they surely realized that he offered the Sporting in Monaco one of his legendary concert.
Lastly, a superb Cortez. Great audio but weird video angle.